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Port of Hamburg makes trucking faster by smartPORT logistics

Start of operations after successful pilot phase. IT based traffic management system jointly developed and implemented by Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Deutsche Telekom, and SAP

In the Port of Hamburg, 40,000 trucks are loaded and unloaded every day. To speed up this process, and improve the traffic situation, companies, partners, and customers of the Port of Hamburg are now closely linked by a new IT based traffic management solution. During the pilot phase of Hamburg’s smartPORT logistics (SPL) project, the participating trucking companies increased their productivity by significantly reducing waiting times by more than twelve per cent.

IT-Based Traffic Management With Mobile Apps

With the opening of the SPL services for all parties involved in the transport chain, the Port of Hamburg is taking another step to increase quality and efficiency of the supply chain. SPL uses as a basis a comprehensive IT platform, which is combined with mobile apps. As a result, current and predictive information about the traffic around the harbour is not only available on mobile devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones, but also on the telematics units installed in the trucks.

Real-Time Information Means Significant Productivity Gains

By using the SPL services, all participants in the transport chain are furnished with real-time news on the transport and infrastructure situation in the Port of Hamburg. The truck drivers receive real-time traffic information from the German automotive club ADAC and parking information along with personalised, route-specific traffic alerts to the situation in and around the port from HPA’s Port Road Management System. At the same time, the trucking companies concerned are able to closely follow their transfer orders and easily communicate with all partners involved.

Networking via a Central “Public Cloud”

The SPL Services links information previously isolated with apps for smart devices. As a so-called software-as-a-service, they can now be used at flexible conditions. The centrally located, real time information on traffic and th port’s infrastructure along with the demand-oriented networking via a central public cloud offer maximum transparency and thus facilitate decisions. The more parties actively use the system, the better its potential an be exploited, thus reducing truck waiting times and minimising congestion in the port and on the access routes.

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